FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: The Town of Pittsfield will be kicking off their first ever Summer Concert Series on Thursday, July 21st with a performance by Con Brio Brass from 7 to 9 PM. The concert will be located at the gazebo in Hathorn Park located on Hathorn Street in Pittsfield.
With a successful Christmas tree lighting and community sing-a-long, this past holiday season brought renewed life and community spirit to downtown Pittsfield. Building off that energy and with an eye looking toward the town’s 200th birthday in 2019, several community members have been working to bring some summer music to Hathorn Park and the historic gazebo.
The gazebo was dedicated to the memory of William Griffin (1906-1987), a devoted musician, citizen, teacher and friend to the community. Bringing the concerts to the park seems like a fitting tribute to the town.
With several towns in the area offering similar events each summer, the concert committee decided to test the water and see if similar events might be possible in Pittsfield and the response has been overwhelming. What makes this program different form others in the area is that the funding and support comes completely from donations and contributions from businesses in town, making it possible to offer all the concerts free to the public.
So, during the summer there will be a number of talented musicians from all over the area stopping by to perform at the gazebo. Expect to hear a wide variety of music including jazz, bluegrass, rock and country. The public is invited to come out and enjoy free evening concerts from 7 to 9 PM. Bring a chair or blanket for comfort and settle in. The 2016 Summer Concert Series schedule is as follows: Con Brio Brass - Thursday, July 21st; Ragged Jack - Thursday, July 28th; Gary Knowles - Wednesday, August 3rd; Bruce Brown Band - Wednesday, August 10th; Skyliners - Thursday, August 18th; and Red-Eyed Fox - Wednesday, August 24th. For more information and updates visit Facebook at www.facebook.com/hathornparkmusic or call the Pittsfield Town Office at 487-3138.
DESSERT PIE SALE: The United Methodist Church of Dover-Foxcroft will hold a dessert pie sale on the front lawn of the church on Friday, July 1st starting at 9 AM until all pies are sold. Many varieties of homemade fruit and filled dessert pies will be available priced at $10 per pie. There will be free cookies and lemonade offered during the sale. The church is located at 156 East Main Street. For more information contact 207-564-8013 or e-mail lld@myfairpoint.net.
CRAFT FAIR: The Newport VFW will be holding a craft fair on Saturday, July 2nd from 9 AM to 4 PM. The event will be located at the Pando Restaurant Lot in the Triangle Plaza. For more information contact 341-2492.
The Newport Cultural Center (NCC) will be holding a Paint N’ Sip workshop on Wednesday, June 29th at 6 PM. All materials and snacks will be provided. The cost will be $40 per person with half of the proceeds benefiting the NCC. The NCC is located at 154 Main Street. Register for the workshop by calling 368-5074.
RUMMAGE SALE: The Chatterbox Club of St. Albans will be holding a rummage sale on Friday, July 8th and Saturday, July 9th from 8 AM to 3 PM. There will be a bag sale on Saturday, July 9th from 12 to 3 PM. The sale will be held at the Chatterbox Club on the Mason Corner Road.
DEMENTIA CARE WORKSHOP: Pine Tree Hospice will be hosting a Dementia Care Workshop from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church on Tuesday, June 28th. Kathryn Pears, Founder of Dementia Care Strategies, will be the speaker. Kathryn has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management and an Executive Certificate in Healthcare Policy from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. The workshop will cover topics such as: what dementia is…and isn’t, what to expect in each stage, medication, understanding what triggers behavior, creating a supportive physical environment, why people with dementia don’t see the world the same way you do and how that impacts care. The workshop is open to all personal and professional caregivers and healthcare workers. There is no charge for attending and lunch and snacks will be provided. The church is located on 824 West Main Street. To register for the class contact 564-4346 or email wecare@pinetreehospice.org.

FUNDRAISER SUPPER: The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4298/Auxiliary will be hosting a baked bean and hot dog supper on Friday, July 1st from 5 to 7 PM. The menu will include, baked beans, hot dogs, coleslaw, brown bread, drinks and dessert. This event is a fundraiser for The Moving Wallwhich is a replica of the Vietnam Veterans National Memorial that is located in Washington D.C. The goal is to bring the wall to Dexter. The supper will be located at the VFW Post at 20 Cedar Street. For more information contact David at 270-0286.

PARTICIPANTS WANTED FOR GUILFORD BICENTENNIAL PARADE: The Guilford 200th Anniversary Committee would like to invite all businesses, clubs, family groups, streets and neighborhoods in the Guilford area to participate in the the towns big Bicentennial parade on Saturday, July 30th. The parade begins at 9:30 AM and lines-up at the boat landing by Riverbend Homes in Guilford. The Committee does not require pre-registration, but if interested and would like further information contact Tom Goulette at the Guilford Town Office at 876-2202, parade chair Julie Chase at 876-1000 or Tootie Bennett at 876-3073.
The Guilford Memorial Library is accepting donations of new and used books for their annual book sale. Magazines or encyclopedias will not be accepted. To pick-up books locally contact 876-4547 or drop them off at the library located on 4 Library Street.
The Pantry of Hope Food Cupboard is open from 1:30 to 3:30 PM on Wednesdays. The next date the food cupboard will be open is on Wednesday, June 29th. The food cupboard will be located at the Guilford United Methodist Church on 3 School Street and supports Abbot, Blanchard, Cambridge, Guilford, Parkman, Sangerville, and Sebec Lake. For more information contact the church at 876-3372.
The Thrift Shop will be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 PM, and on Fridays from 9 AM to 1 PM. The thrift shop is located at the Guilford United Methodist Church on 3 School Street. For more information contact 876-3372.
Community Fitness will be offering a children’s program, Primary Steps in Music and Art each Wednesday through Wednesday, July 27th from 2 to 3 PM. This program will be instructed by Lauralyn Buie and TerriKelley Palin and will be for children ages 15 months to 5 years old. The cost is $49 for the 6 week program. For more information contact 876-4813, email friendsofitness@myfairpoint.net, or visit the website www.comfitme.com. Community Fitness is a nonprofit fitness and community center that promotes a healthy lifestyle through various forms of physical exercise, nutritional counsel, holistic health services and education for citizens of all ages and income levels. As a 501(c) 3 non-profit the center offers scholarship rates for those who are income eligible.
LADIES OF THE ERA BICENTENNIAL PAGEANT: Corinna’s Bicentennial Committee would like to invite all ladies that are current residents of Corinna, or attended CUA, or are 50 or older to participate in the Ladies of the Era Bicentennial Pageant to be held on Thursday, August 11th. Events include, creating a crown, dressing up in a costume from the past 200 years, presenting a food dish that can be eaten cold, and a question and answer forum. Keep in mind, this is not a contest.
Participants must be able to dress up, have an imagination, have the ability to humor oneself and others, enjoy playing with paint, glue and glitter. Join in for an afternoon of fun and entertainment to celebrate the Town of Corinna’s Bicentennial Celebration that will be held on Saturday, August 13th. If interested in joining the pageant, pick-up an entry form at the Corinna Town Office on 8 Levi Stewart Drive. Scheduled events include creating a crown, dressing up in a costume from the past 200 years, presenting a food dish that can be eaten cold, and a question and answer forum.
The Bicentennial Committee would like to encourage residents of Corinna to show the spirit and pride of the small community and support the Bicentennial by decorating their homes in Bicentennial fashion for the upcoming celebration that will be held on Saturday, August 13th. Therefore, the Bicentennial Committee will be hosting a Home and Business Decorating Contest. Homes and businesses must be decorated in a Patriotic/Bicentennial fashion to be eligible. There will be winners chosen in the following categories: Route 7 Corridor including all homes visible from Route 7; Route 7 Corridor including all businesses visible from Route 7; All other homes; and All other businesses. Decorations should be completed by Friday, July 8th.
Anyone wishing to participate in the contest are asked to contact the Town Office at 278-4183 or a committee member and provide a name and address, so committee members can take a photo of your decorated home or business for judging. Prizes awarded and winning entries will be announced during the Saturday, August 13th celebration of Corinna’s Bicentennial.